Veteran Hollywood Writer to Teach Screenwriting In Hunter’s Continuing Ed Program

September 8, 2010 | Hunter College

Veteran Hollywood writer Alan Trustman will teach aspiring screenwriters the tools of the trade in a hands-on course to be given this fall in Hunter’s Continuing Education program. The course, Intensive Screening Workshop, will be held Wednesdays, 4:30 pm-7:30 pm, from September 29-November 17.

Trustman’s successful Hollywood films include The Thomas Crown Affair, They Call Me Mr. Tibbs! and Bullitt, which won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award for best screenplay. He has also published two novelized screenplays and a best-selling how-to book, The Screenplay Sell, and has contributed to numerous television scripts and film projects.

A teacher and mentor to emerging screenwriters, Trustman has taught at Harvard, NYU Graduate School of Film and Television, Phillips Exeter Academy, Escuela Internationale de Cinema y TV in Havana, and the University of Miami School of Communications. He has also practiced law; he is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Trustman’s Hunter workshop is an opportunity for individuals who have written a screenplay they want to rewrite or have an idea for a screenplay they want to write. The course will stress fundamental writing techniques including screenplay genre, structure, beginnings, character and relationship development, dialogue, and endings.

Those interested in registering should submit the screenplay they wish to rewrite or a short description of the screenplay they want to write to ce@hunter.cuny.edu.